Candy, flowers, jewelry, skimpy nightware: Valentine’s Day gifts can be cliché or chic and au current. Don’t worry, we got you; done the leg work, scoured the city, peeped the possibilities. Pop into these shops for cool gifts your loved one will adore almost as much as they do you.
For the flower/plant lover in your life, there is a wonderful, wandering garden center with a host of indigenous flora—beautifully planted pots, flowering hanging plants, sharp succulents. For those who eschew flowers with limited lifespans, the indoor shop is loaded with home wares, pottery, candles and long-lasting orchids.
The Giving Tree Gallery
Stroll by case after case of glittery fine and costume jewelry at this art/gift gallery, the only store carrying Susan Alexandra’s uber-chic beaded handbags and earrings (shrimp cocktail, watermelon slices, etc.), as well as elegant and bold gemstone pieces. There are pop art options for the home, and somehow the beautiful snow globes manage to transcend seasons and transmit emotion.
A Garden District treasure tucked into a cool and petite collection of shops called “The Rink,” Maisonette stashes luxurious, silky nightwear and prettily embellished comfy slippers. There are heavenly jasmine-scented bath bubbles and body creams, sparkly hair pins, embroidered handkerchiefs (a comeback!) and soft, fluffy towels to warmly wrap any body.
Keife & Co and The Independent Caveau
Near and far, old and new, these two stunning wine and gourmet food stores are great go-tos for gorgeous bottles of bubbles and still wines. Excellent guidance (if needed), chocolates and fresh baguettes to partner with fancy butter, pâtés and killer cheeses.